I think this is the same place I stayed, strangely I can't remember the name of it, but I recognised the name (Apoi) in the other review. Apoi, aka Scott, is an amazing chap. We'd originally hoped to stay at Jungle Blues Dream homestay having been recommended it by a couple in Miri but they were full and the owner said we'd could stay at his nephew's (Scott). I thought we'd hold out and see what was around when we arrived so declined but nevertheless there he was at the airport with a big smile and open arms so off we set and it was brilliant. We stayed 5 days and he showed us everything: he took us to a Penan village on Bario's outskirts where we ate samba (?) deer with the locals; he taught me how to fish in the village ponds (I caught two tiddlers which his mum cooked for us), he showed us what we can eat in the jungle 'supermarket' (i.e. leaves); he constantly plied us with food (pineapple curry is delicious, monkey is chewy); he arranged a guide (Remy) to take us to Pa'Lungan who was really good, he took me hunting in the jungle (we didn't catch any but good nevertheless), he treated us to gin and cards in the evening and let us ride round town on his scooter. Everyone in Bario is really hospitable but Scott gave us such a memorable experience and such amazing hospitality I'd be amazed if it could be beaten. Highly recommended/bordering on aggressive insistence. If you go to Bario go here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A House on the hill with breathtaking view of Bario valley offering accommodation and tours in the Kelabit Highlands. ... more less